We celebrated with a bottle of champagne after successfully entering the Pacific Ocean courtesy of the Panama Canal today. We were watched live by many of our friends, family and readers of the blog. We also were followed by a classroom of 4th graders in a school in Jacksonville, Florida (friends of our new crew member Lara). They even sent us a photo of the class watching on a computer screen, and a video of them saying “Hi Tahina” and “Hi Jason and Lara”. We’ll put those up on the blog here soon, along with dozens of screenshots from the canal web cams thanks to lots of blog readers. And, we even have some video clips put together of the web cam shots thanks to David Tryse. We had a great time on the transit, and we have lots of other photos to upload from the boat itself.
We are thrilled to make it across both continental divides (north and south America, and the center of the Americas. Very cool! Our next major geographical point will be the equator on the way to the Galapagos.
We are anchored in the “La Playita” anchorages outside the Pacific canal harbor entrance. The map position should update soon.